We’ve all experienced it: ‘Lifetime guarantee!’ ‘Built to last!’ ‘The grandchildren will still be enjoying this long after your day!’ Then your new toy breaks. Or rusts, or rots. Another big promise, another big spend. And another big disappointment.
When you’re looking for a new garden office, you’re expecting value for money. But how long should you expect your new investment to last? What’s the life expectancy of an outdoor building?
In this guide, you’ll discover how to look after your garden office so it gives you a permanent WFH solution that stands the test of time.
The lifespan of your garden office will depend on numerous factors. One thing’s clear though. As your grandma may have told you: buy cheap, pay dear. A building made from thin, untreated, low-quality timber, with poor insulation and shoddy craftsmanship, simply won’t last.
But if you invest in quality materials, maintain your building well and protect it from the elements, a timber-based garden office could easily last you 25 years, or more.
The longevity of a timber building largely depends on the environment you subject it to.
Obviously, your building is outside. This means exposure to the elements: changes in temperature and moisture levels, rain, wind and frost. All of these can affect the building’s lifespan.
Persistent frost creates freezing and thawing of moisture within the fabric of the building. We’re all familiar with burst pipes. Frost can also damage electrics, and cause cracking to your roofing, windows and doors.
The biggest enemy of the garden office is trapped moisture, which will eventually cause your timber to rot. Persistent rainfall, and internal moisture that can’t escape because of poor ventilation, provide perfect feeding conditions for the fungi that cause dry rot.
Remember, your garden office timber may be shelter for you, but it’s food for fungi. And as long as they’ve got moisture and warmth, they’ll happily and rapidly feed on it.
The things you love need your regular attention and input to ensure they get the best chance in life. Your garden office is no different. Stay on top of the maintenance of your building and you’ll hugely increase its life expectancy and enhance the enjoyment you get from it.
Here are a few simple steps to keep your garden office in tip-top shape so it really does last a lifetime. For more maintenance tips, check out our next blog.
Most likely, for our timber buildings, you’ll need to apply a coat of paint or stain every 3-5 years. Here are some of the brands we recommend using:
For our high-quality Proline range, you could go up to 10 years without needing a new coat of paint on the walls, if water-based paint is applied at the outset. Use a quality paint shop like Brewers to buy water-based paint in your chosen RAL colour.